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The British and Irish Lions win the first Test as Kurtley Beale misses late penalties

I thought he went missing. Not doing the dirty work like Lydiate or Faletau would, nor showing up with barn storming runs which SOB would. Certainly not the pick of the backrow by any stretch.

1 Year, 5 Months ago

The British and Irish Lions win the first Test as Kurtley Beale misses late penalties

Well, I think any of us on the forum can discount much of what you have to say for yourself after a post I have just read of yours on the thread about Horwill's stamp. You actually assert that it could have been brought about by a loss of balance. Echoing the comment of the next poster in said thread, I must admit, I often cross my legs to regain balance...if you haven't quite caught that then to put it in easy terms for you to understand, it makes no sense to cross your legs to regain balance and natural instinct of a highly trained professional sportsman would not allow you to do it. Instead the movement would be that which comes after Horwill's stamping. Nothing like your 'nervous laugh'.

1 Year, 5 Months ago

The British and Irish Lions win the first Test as Kurtley Beale misses late penalties

DrG. You're just a WUM. I am not choosing to ignore the forward pass law. I'm saying it was forward, the pass motion in my opinion was forward. Therefore it was forward.
We do not come full circle. You are picking and choosing what you respond to in the same way that someone unable to hold a reasoned argument does. I would invite you to watch the full match from start to finish, yet that wouldn't make any difference as you are so determined to see everything through that solitary eye of yours.
Why does someone stating what they saw have to be classified as a moan, because it's contrary to what you believe? Must be.
Anyway, the officiating of this match has just been blown out of the water at how bad it was by the farcical clearing of Horwill from the blatant stamp.
Jog on there DrG, jog on.

1 Year, 5 Months ago

James Horwill cleared after alleged stamp on Alun-Wyn Jones in first Test

This is disgusting and has brought the game into disrepute. As rugby fans we pride ourselves on our sport imparting quick and fair punishments to those who fall foul of the laws. However, with Horwill being cleared of any wrongdoing we can no longer do so. The IRB should hang their heads in shame.

1 Year, 5 Months ago

The British and Irish Lions win the first Test as Kurtley Beale misses late penalties

I understand the law (there are no rules in rugby) and have seen videos explaining the concept and have been to refereeing conferences where this has been brought up. Still say that the pass was forward and that the TMO bottled it.

1 Year, 5 Months ago

The British and Irish Lions win the first Test as Kurtley Beale misses late penalties

Blame the referee for what? We won the match! Why would so many fans bemoan a referee's performance having won the match, have a quick think about that? Obviously there were occasions when we were rightly pinged but those were far outweighed by those when we were wrongly pinged. For people going on about not supporting your bodyweight, I suggest you watch BOD at work again. Also, watch the Australians getting away with blue murder, including a forward pass leading to a try which I still can't fathom how the TMO didn't call?! It traveled forward, simple as. If one of my teams lose and it's a fair contest, and we lose to the better team you'll never hear me moan. By the same token I will not gloat when we win. But the ref's performance was just so bad, as has been echoed by many, that it needs to be spoken about.

1 Year, 5 Months ago

The British and Irish Lions win the first Test as Kurtley Beale misses late penalties

Had to watch it a few times too, I'm sure we'll see other footage come to light as well. Agree Celt11 that it's an unnatural movement from Horwill, but we'll just have to wait and see.

1 Year, 6 Months ago

The British and Irish Lions win the first Test as Kurtley Beale misses late penalties

I recognised that you didn't see the match, hence the "Had you seen the match then you would have known" comment. The luck in caps just smacked of trying to get a rise out of people, that's all.

1 Year, 6 Months ago

The British and Irish Lions win the first Test as Kurtley Beale misses late penalties

People will say that it's sour grapes and bitterness to criticise a referee's performance. The biggest problem with Pollock today was not how bad he was, and he was atrocious, but that he was biased. A ref can make poor decisions, but often they balance out, however, in this case Australia got everything their way, including a forward pass not called by the TMO, a yellow card not given against them, and massive protection at the ruck.
All of this aside, the Lions can play better. Tight five were fantastic, back row is unbalanced, leaving Warburton to shoulder too much of the dirty work. Heaslip went missing, as many predicted, and Warburton needs someone like Faletau to balance it up as I think Croft had a good game, albeit he's not my ideal 6. Phillips had one of the worst games I've seen him have on the international stage as he just looked for contact too much, still wouldn't start with Ben Youngs next match as I think Phillips will come good. Centres, can you really drop JD2 after his performance? Only problem being that O'Driscoll plays well with physical centre inside him. If Roberts is fit you'd probably have to put him in for JD2, but wouldn't put in Tuilagi. Back three, not without fault but had a good all round game. Cuthbert doesn't deserve to be dropped, but if Bowe is fully fit then I'd find it difficult to leave him out.
Bench was a mixed bag with Dan Cole and Vunipola lacking a bit in the scrum, but Parling, again not my favourite, doing what he has done well this tour and doing well from the bench. Won't oust the starting locks but I wouldn't want anyone else there. Tom Youngs was good, solid lineout, Hibbard was good, solid in the loose. Youngs the right call to start though.

1 Year, 6 Months ago

The British and Irish Lions win the first Test as Kurtley Beale misses late penalties

I imagine that you're on a bit of a wind up here chum. Had you seen the match then you would have known that the reason for the number of penalties given away by the Lions had a lot more to do with the ref and his unfathomable 'interpretation' of the breakdown, which seemingly only counted against the Lions. Luck didn't come into the outcome of the game, it was a fully deserved win by the Lions when playing against 16 men for 80 minutes.

1 Year, 6 Months ago

 
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